1805 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Collins

Henry Boyd, in "On some MSS Poems by Miss Stewart" Boyd, The Woodman's Tale (1805) 235.



That strain once more! it had no dying fall!
Tremendous minstrelsy! it shook my frame,
As, dizzy thro' the wide aerial hall
The Muse upbore me on a wing of flame.
That strain once more! O many a year is flown
Since Collins struck the clanging lyre so strong,
When like the shock that runs from zone to zone,
I felt the sacred violence of song.